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    Thumbs down remote access to your machine at home via the net

    At work we were just presented with this website . I thought it was a pretty interesting idea, but have to seriously question the security issues. Needless to say, we have already modified our ACL's disallow. We don't really need any of our "highly trained" users to have this ability


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    They seem to think that it's pretty secure from evil do'ers. But how secure is it from the nasty spy's that like to track everything we do...for our "security". And to top it all off....they are making money off of the poor user who signs himself up to allow anyone with the intentions to monitor what they want. I wonder who they are in business with......hmm.
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    My only problem with this is that the whole plan requires the user to pay monthly service charges.
    Wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.
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    A good free alternative that is relativey secure is VNC, find it here

    http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/

    Both the client and server are lightweight and even over dialup the sppeed is good. Check it out

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    Originally posted here by V3RIZON
    A good free alternative that is relativey secure is VNC
    I'd still recommend tunneling this over something like SSH - it's a relatively easy tunnel to setup, too.
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    Yep paying for something or reciving something better for free........hmmmm....i think ill stick with ssh.
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    Originally posted here by V3RIZON
    A good free alternative that is relativey secure is VNC, find it here

    http://www.uk.research.att.com/vnc/

    Both the client and server are lightweight and even over dialup the sppeed is good. Check it out
    The nice thing about VNC is also that you can use it on one platform to control another. Back in my previous job, I regularly had to access PCs (running NT) spread around the world and being able to access them from an HP-UX box was a great advantage (especially since I could log in to the HP-UX box from home )

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    I'm not sure wut your trying to do.. but, why don't you just use a trojan?

    Just be careful is all =)
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    Why people continue to pay for services that are free is beyond me..
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    Originally posted here by fr0z3n
    I'm not sure wut your trying to do.. but, why don't you just use a trojan?

    Just be careful is all =)
    If you mean something like Back Orifice or Sub 7, that would be asking for trouble. Whoever designed those things might have backdoors built into them that you don't know about. I think this falls into the category of: "Don't try this at home."
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    We came across this product some time ago, and decided to test it. Working in the IT Security field we were somewhat amazed that we could remotely operate our workstations from home over the Internet, without any configurations to our Firewalls.

    Im sure that their are heaps of programs their similiar to this one, like some versions of ICQ and IRC, that you simply cannot Firewall. One solution is putting ACLS on your router, but it is such an overhead, and how do you ACL every one of these programs?
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